If you’re a destination person — never mind the journey, in other words — you’re happy the Tigers are 2-0. Nothing matters more than that: They are 2-0. But if you’re more into how the Tigers have gotten there and how the ride has gone, there’s been plenty of scenery, even more in Game 2 than the opener. The bottom-line similarity the first two games is they’ve both been walk-off victories, Ian Kinsler being Wednesday’s mobbed-and-pounded Tigers player for his winning single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning. With that single, which knocked in Austin Jackson from second base, the Tigers added a 2-1 victory over the Royals to their 4-3 season-opening triumph. Max Scherzer pitched well, looking more than capable of winning a lot of games again, but he didn’t win this one because of a run Joe Nathan allowed in the ninth. Kinsler, who’d gone hitless in the opener, not only knocked in the winner, but hit the fourth-inning home run that gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead. The big difference in Wednesday’s game, however, represents what the big difference is in baseball this season. Replays. Challenges. Wrong calls being overturned. It happened twice en route to the victory. Manager Brad Ausmus challenged a ruling at first base in the sixth, one on which Tyler Collins was called out. His challenge was upheld.
Ian Kinsler, Max Scherzer lead Tigers to second straight walk-off win over Royals
Detroit News | Apr 3